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Jan de Leeuw owns the Internet

One of the best things to happen on the Internet recently is that Jan de Leeuw has decided to own the Twitter/Facebook universe. If you do not already, you should be following him. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the … Continue reading

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Piketty in R markdown - we need some help from the crowd

Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the 21st Century was a surprise best seller and the subject of intense scrutiny. A few weeks ago the Financial Times claimed that the analysis was riddled with errors, leading to a firestorm of discussion. A … Continue reading

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Privacy as a function of sample size

The U.S. Supreme Court just made a unanimous ruling in Riley v. California making it clear that police officers must get a warrant before searching through the contents of a cell phone obtained incident to an arrest. The message was put … Continue reading

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New book on implementing reproducible research

I have mentioned this in a few places but my book edited with Victoria Stodden and Fritz Leisch, Implementing Reproducible Research, has just been published by CRC Press. Although it is technically in their "R Series", the chapters contain information on … Continue reading

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The difference between data hype and data hope

I was reading one of my favorite stats blogs, StatsChat, where Thomas points to this article in the Atlantic and highlights this quote: Dassault Systèmes is focusing on that level of granularity now, trying to simulate propagation of cholesterol in human … Continue reading

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Heads up if you are going to submit to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Update (6/19/14): The folks at JNCI and OUP have kindly confirmed that they will consider manuscripts that have been posted to preprint servers.  I just got this email about a paper we submitted to JNCI Dear Dr. Leek: I am … Continue reading

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The future of academic publishing is here, it just isn't evenly distributed

Academic publishing has always been a slow process. Typically you would submit a paper for publication and then wait a few months to more than a year (statistics journals can be slow!) for a review. Then you'd revise the paper … Continue reading

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What I do when I get a new data set as told through tweets

Hilary Mason asked a really interesting question yesterday: Data people: What is the very first thing you do when you get your hands on a new data set? — Hilary Mason (@hmason) June 12, 2014 You should really consider reading … Continue reading

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The Real Reason Reproducible Research is Important

Reproducible research has been on my mind a bit these days, partly because it has been in the news with the Piketty stuff, and also perhaps because I just published a book on it and I'm teaching a class on … Continue reading

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Post-Piketty Lessons

The latest crisis in data analysis comes to us (once again) from the field of Economics. Thomas Piketty, a French economist recently published a book titled Capital in the 21st Century that has been a best-seller. I have not read … Continue reading

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